West Rand Attractions
Located a stone throw away from Johannesburg, the West Rand is brimming with wildlife, adventure and history.
From the Magaliesburg mountain to Cradle of Humankind and historical industrial towns of Rooderpoort and Krugersdorp, the area offers a perfect blend of nature and urban attractions. Whether you're seeking to reconnect with nature, adventure or just retracing the history of Johannesburg, the West Rand is the perfect place to do it.
Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve
With over 200 bird species and a 600 large game including lion, white rhino, buffalo, wild dog, cheetah, hippo, crocodile and numerous species of antelope, Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve is bursting with wildlife and scenic natural views.
Visitors can explore the nature reserve , get up close and personal with the animals or simply relax at the swimming pool.
Kromdraai Gold Mine
Within the Cradle of Humankind is tranquil Kromdraai Valley,the site of the Kromdraai Gold Mine. Kroomdraai boasts one of the oldest gold mines in the country, with the first gold discovery made in 1881, five years before the gold rush began. In 1885, the town was proclaimed as a gold mine.
Croc City Crocodile & Reptile Park
Located a stone throw away from the Cradle of Humankind, the Croc City Crocodile & Reptile Park is the Gauteng's hub for all things related to crocodile. Visit the crocodile and reptile park, dine at the Boma Restaurant or visit well-stocked curio shop.
Roodepoort Museum narrates the transformation of Johannesburg from it's birth after the discovery of gold in 1884 to it's current state as an African economic gaint.
The museum offers visitors a peek into recreated 1920s and 1930s living rooms where old everyday items like telephones and radios are on display. There is also preserved collections of memorabilia gleaned from local homes since the 1960s.
Rhenosterspruit nature conservancy
Rhenosterspruit nature conservancy provides a sanctuary for spiders, birds and other little creature. Aimed at little kids, the conservancy offers walks focusing on its history, vegetation and geology.
The Cradle of Humankind
Proclaimed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO IN 1999, The Cradle of Humankind retraces the beginnings of the human race.The 53 000-hectare area houses 40% of the world's human ancestor fossils, making it the world largest hominim site.
Within the cradle, you visit the Sterkfontein Caves , fly in a vintage plane over the area or view the exhibitions at Maropeng.
A 100 times older than Everest, Magaliesburg Mountain range is amongst th oldest mountain ranges in the world. The Magaliesburg is home to over130 species of trees, 300 bird species, and wildlife species such as Sable and roan antelope, gemsbok, wildebeest, giraffe and zebras can spotted on the mountain range. Brimming with adventure, Magaliesburg is an excellent spot for hiking, camping and horseback rides.
Krugersdorp Game Reserve
Located 40km outside of Johannesburg, Krugersdorp Nature is a scenic grassveld filled with wildlife.The game reserve boasts over 400 recorded bird species and a wide range of wildlife including lions,buffalo, hippo, zebra and giraffe. Day and night game drives are offered fo visitors.
Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden
Located about 30km west of the Roodepoort city centre has a range of 600 naturally occurring plant species, 220 varieties of birds, and a number of reptiles and small mammals, including antelope and jackal. Named after anti-apartheid activist Walter Sisulu, the garden is a popular leisure spot, with its central waterfall the focal point.
Johannesburg Skydiving Club
The Johannesburg Skydiving Club offers clients an opportunity to explore the West Rand skies in an exhilarating fashion. Based in Carletonville, the club will give you a chance to participate in tandem skydiving. Anyone can take part in tandem skydiving as no training is required .
Surrounded by the mighty Magaliesberg Mountain range, the 1620 hectare Hartbeespoort Dam has become one of Joburg's favourite weekend getaway. The dam offers you an opportunity a wide array of water sports, visit the a local bird sanctuary or simply unwind in the scenic surroundings.